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Washington wine grape production drops 16 percent

WASHINGTON — Washington’s wine grape production in 2017 saw a 16 percent decrease from the previous year, totaling at 227,000 tons. In 2016, the state produced 270,000 tons, according to the Washington State Wine 2017 Grape Crush Report. The average price per ton also increased by $41.

2016 was an above average year by about 50,000 tons, with an average of 220,000 tons produced in the years 2013-15.

Cabernet Sauvignon was the top producing variety grown in the state at 62,200 tons or 27 percent of the total. Chardonnay ranked second, at 39,300 tons or 17 percent of the total. Red varieties accounted for 57 percent of the total production.

Growers received an average of $1,198 per ton for all varieties in 2017, an increase of $41 from the previous year. Petit Verdot received the highest average price per ton at $1700.


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